Beyond E​-​Ville

by Paul Nagle



Paul Nagle live at Awakenings
Saturday 19th March 2011

“beyond e-ville”

Geeky Stuff

First here's the gear list:
Sequentix Cirklon
EMS Synthi-AKS
Roland V-Synth
Vermona Mono Lancet
Access Virus Polar
Korg Radias
Emu Proteus 2000
Roland Fantom XR
Korg Kaoss Pad 3
Electrix Repeater
Zoom 1201
Eventide Pitchfactor
Eventide Timefactor
Behringer RX-1602
TC-Electronic Triple-C

This is the first time I've played entirely solo since, well, I wonder if anyone out there can remember? I'm really not into using a laptop for music and way too old to change now. The one time I took one it was simply running text cues telling me what was coming. Frankly, I don't like seeing them on stage when folks gaze blankly into them and... Oops, climb down off your high horse boy!
Anyway, here I had the Cirklon - at a stage when it didn't have track names. So with 32 possible tracks in each tune, I occasionally picked one that gave me unexpected results. See if you can spot some.

If you really want to know, here's how it was done...
Cirklon controlled the Proteus 2000, Fantom, Lancet and Radias, although I was able to take over any of these via the keyboards (and did from time to time).
The Lancet went through an Eventide Timefactor and was my main bass/sequence/tweaky machine.
Weird stuff was added by the Synthi (naturally) and Repeater.
Keyboards and clocked arpeggiation came from the V-Synth (processed through the Pitchfactor) and the Virus (looped and processed through the KP3). All synced to Cirklon's clock.

The songs were pretty unstructured (as if I needed to say) and the mixing was occasionally erratic due to me not having enough arms. Actually, the mix was better than most of my live stuff and I'm working on making it better in future, maybe by giving Cirklon even more control, leaving me less plates to juggle.
The gig was therefore live but improvised around prepared Cirklon sequences. I've done very little to it, only tidied a couple of nasty volume spikes. There was little I could do about the notes played but fortunately not too many fluffs, which makes a change. The super-tight sequencer timing is achieved by Cirklon's super-tight code and five MIDI output ports (I didn't have the CV output option then). MIDI is a serial interface, in case you were wondering why the multi-port thing is important.
Right, geek overload yet?

At some point I'll get a studio album out, if this format works out. I'm about halfway through one. It'll be different than this.


1. E-Ville
2. MoogyLan BogeyMan
3. Spybot
4. Erksome
5. Dirkness
July 2011


released July 14, 2011

Thanks to Jez Creek who recorded it and Xan Alexander who took the photos. Thanks also to everyone who came, to Modulator and Parallel Sun, to John Sherwood, Phil Booth and to those I've stupidly forgotten as I sit and type this, too quickly, as ever.



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Paul Nagle Lancashire, UK

Paul has been writing and performing electronic music since around 1977-78, influenced mainly by German musicians such as Roedelius and Schnitzler and bands such as Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Future Sound Of London.

He writes reviews for Sound on Sound magazine and juggles this with creating music for TV, film and games and writing rather wacky novels.
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